A Little Peace at a Convent on Corfu

Part two of a three part series on Krista’s visit to the island of Corfu: The sun was glorious and hot as my six friends and I left our poolside oasis at the Hotel Pantokrator and headed out to explore the island of Corfu. While our 9-passenger van had served us well through the back … Read more

Corfu Part Three: A Trip to Mouse Island

Part Three of Krista’s travels to Corfu: It was a gloriously hot day in Greece as my friends and I decided to leave our pool side oasis and start exploring the beautiful island of Corfu. As we tossed around ideas, my brother mentioned a place called Mouse Island. As soon as he spoke those words, … Read more

A Colorful Grey Day in Amsterdam

Everywhere I looked something interesting was there to catch my eye. If I needed fur-covered wooden shoes or old-fashioned skate blades that buckled on, this was the place to find them. If I found a run in my tights, no worries! Plastic legs hung from a beam showcased versions in lurid red diamonds, blue stripes and black argyle. And should I find myself feeling nostalgic for those the days of Communism, a line of hammer and sickle topped hats danced in the breeze.

Easter Rock Swap in Warwick, Queensland

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An Easter tradition for some in rural Southern Queensland is the fabulous Warwick Easter Rock Swap, Antiques and Collectables Fair held at the Warwick Fairgrounds every Easter weekend. This year was the 47th Rock Swap and my first experience at this event. It is now an Aussie tradition that I will be repeating every year. Far … Read more

An Australian Christmas Light Tour

A Sub-Tropical Winter Wonderland We may not have snowmen or chestnuts roasting over an open fire in Brisbane, Australia, but the Christmas spirit is alive and well. This week my Aussie friend Elizabeth introduced me to a recent Brisbane tradition: The Brisbane City Council’s Bus Tour of the 4KQ Christmas Lights Competition. 4KQ is a local … Read more

History Comes to Life in Queensland

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It’s one thing to read about history, quite another to see it lived out before your eyes. History comes to life every year at Fort Lytton, Queensland with History Alive: A Journey Through Time. A fantastic living history event, History Alive allows the public to visit encampments depicting life from the Roman Legions up through … Read more

Southern Italy Girls Trip to a Fairytale Villa

A 10 day girls’ getaway with a stay in Salerno Lace curtains billowed from shuttered windows that opened to reveal a misty valley of orchards, vineyards and beautifully aged Italian country homes. The Tyrrhenian Sea glistened a few miles off the Salerno coast as I breathed in air fragrant with sun-warmed herbs and smiled at the … Read more